UK water firms admit using divining rods to find leaks and pipes | Guardian
"We've found that some of the older methods are just as effective [as] the new ones"
natureoftruth  news  tech  woo 
12 days ago
Russell Crowe calls for fans to support Master and Commander sequel | Film-News.co.uk
Now this is the kind of online activism I can get behind. ON THE UPROLL, FIRE!
movies  film  sailing  clicktivism  news  books  history 
12 days ago
Government confirms freeze on working age benefits | Independent
"longest fall in living standards in the past 60 years [...] The news came just twenty minutes after Clarence House announced Prince Harry’s engagement"
republicanism  politics  bloodytories  welfare  news  benefits  classwar 
12 days ago
Successful actress Meghan Markle to wed former soldier | JOE.co.uk
Oh great. Another year of endless headlines obsessing about some chick's frock.
news  journalism  republicanism  satire  checkyourprivilege 
12 days ago
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance on Dutch street organ | YouTube
TIL that there is a one-to-one correspondence between MIDI files and piano roll encoding. Expect more of this.
music  silly  video 
14 days ago
Wealth, Illth, and Net Welfare « Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
"The fact that we have to stretch English usage to find words like illth and bads with which to name the negative consequences of production that should be subtracted from the positive consequences, is indicative of our having ignored the realities for which these words are the necessary names."
economics  ecology  words  etymology  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW 
20 days ago
Disturbed - The Sound Of Silence | YouTube
In case you've not heard this yet. This rocks.
music  video  coolstuff 
20 days ago
Burn The Programmer! - Charlie's Diary
Because programming is ma[gj][iy]c{k,}. Machinimaguruhughhancock expounds.
code  hacking  computing  natureoftruth 
24 days ago
Meet the Bartender Making Buckfast Negronis - MUNCHIES
Ahh, Buckfast. For when it's not yet early enough for Irn-Bru.
food  booze  classwar  scotland 
24 days ago
Who Started the First Fire? | SAPIENS
It's a bit late to start ascribing blame now.
archaeology  fire  history  technology 
7 weeks ago
Three wild speculations from amateur quantitative macro history | Luke Muehlhauser
"Everything was awful for a very long time, and then the industrial revolution happened." I gots some serious questions about the choice of metrics here, but I enjoyed this article nonetheless.
history  statistics  dataisbeautiful 
7 weeks ago
Dangerous sound? Listen to what Americans heard in alleged Cuba attacks | KUTV
In the absence of any credible threat, the U.S. diplomatic corps opts to get pissy about a randomly occurring 7kHz tone that probably comes from an air conditioner or something. Announcements that it can be deployed within 45 minutes presumably forthcoming.
news  espionage  usa  coldwardinosaur 
7 weeks ago
"Oxide Ghosts" screenings | Michael Cumming | latest news
Today is the 20th anniversary of 1997. People did different things then, like watch Brass Eye on its original broadcast. Looks like I've missed the screening of this (and the York one), but there's still... um... Sheffield? Halifax?
tv  satire  coolstuff  silly  art  incrediblyobscurereference 
7 weeks ago
What Facebook Did to American Democracy | The Atlantic
And this is whose fault it was. Contains discussion of blogocubes^Wfilter bubbles.
filterbubbles  natureoftruth  news  whyfacebooksucks  internet  zeitgeisty  politics  psephology  journalism  media 
7 weeks ago
People matching artworks | Stefan Draschan | Tumblr
Stefan Draschan clearly spends a great deal of time sitting in galleries, waiting for serendipity to occur. And he gets results.
art  silly  coolstuff 
8 weeks ago
How to decode the images on the Voyager Golden Record | Boingboing
"Welcome to the digital stone age". Recall that V'ger^WVoyager was launched in 1977, and employs technology available at the time. This clearly explains why the aliens are all avoiding us. They think we're all wearing bell bottoms and deely boppers, and encoding image data as analogue audio. Kinda haunting to listen to the raw recording.
science  tech  audio  spaaace  coolstuff  video 
8 weeks ago
The Astrobiology of the Subsurface [PDF, powerpoint pres] | NASA
No srsly. They recovered 50kya-old microbes from geological inclusions and now they're growing them inna lab in California [pp40ff in the presentation]. This can't possibly end badly. ME AM PLAY GODS. ME GO TOO FAR.
incrediblyobscurereference  science  scifi  spaaace  geology 
9 weeks ago
Naica's crystal caves hold long-dormant life | BBC News
Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
science  coolstuff  movies  incrediblyobscurereference  spaaace 
9 weeks ago
Nazi-killing video game adopts controversial anti-Nazi marketing stance | AV Club
"I dislike how you phrased this. You guys might want to make a statement that you guys dont hate Trump or freedom"
advertising  news  politics  fuckwits  drumpf  nazis  gaming 
9 weeks ago
5 Reasons to Leave Your Toxic Job Right Now | On Careers | US News
"[I]t's crucial to get out of toxic jobs quickly because staying can warp your norms and do real damage to you professionally".
work  wellness  woo  blog  psych 
9 weeks ago
How a fish tank helped hack a casino | Washington Post
I know, let's put absolutely everything online. That can't possibly have any negative consequences.
internet  tech 
9 weeks ago
The catalogue of UK Entrances to Hell
The British versions are slightly less impressive.
photography  uk  photos  urban  silly 
9 weeks ago
Archaeologists Find a Classic Entrance to Hell
"The eunuch priests of Pluto would prove their power by entering the gassy cleft and coming out alive (presumably by holding their breath)"
history  archaeology  religion  natureoftruth 
9 weeks ago
May's speech ripped off from the West Wing | Streamable
Did Samsung write this one, or did Toby? Either way Lord John Marbury is going to have some explaining to do.
news  politics  fuckwits  bloodytories  copyfight  video 
9 weeks ago
What the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive wants the world to know - CBS News
"So you see these human stories which are not -- they're not real. They're not real. But they were real."
history  journalism 
september 2017
Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons
There is actual science in this. Look, there are graphs and everything. I am a fairly recent convert to going barefoot (modulo some paddling obvs), but I like it.
science  woo  natureoftruth 
september 2017
Hakim Bey's Pirate Utopias - Hermetic Library
TIL about the Republic of Salé, which existed while the rest of western Europe was still grubbing about with absolute hereditary monarchy. "Liquor was never forbidden. Pirate ships were true republics, each ship an independent floating democracy."
piracy  history  politics  society 
september 2017
Merry Christmas, VT | YouTube
Starring the Doctor (the genuine article, you might say), Romana (I), gin, K9, and UST.
who  tv  silly  booze  incrediblyobscurereference  video 
july 2017
Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Crash-Landing | NBC News
"[Random lady in random old photo is] wearing pants, something for which Earhart was known"
news  history  photography  feminism  journalism 
july 2017
Why Embracing 'The Suck' Is The Key To Setting Yourself Free | Careershifters
"The poet, David Whyte, says, 'Anything or anyone that does not bring you fully alive is too small for you.'  " Fine words from a poet. Some of us have to work for a living.
wellness  woo  socialism 
july 2017
What Donald Trump really said to Angela Merkel | The Poke
The zeitgeist, all of it, in one relatively brief clickbait post. I love Internet.
zeitgeisty  politics  news  silly  clickbait 
july 2017
Scottish bank holidays are the best bank holidays | Link and Lorne - YouTube
Millport: island of dreams.

(I'd point out that Millport's the town and the island is Cumbrae, but then I'd be accused of portsplaining.)
scotland  video  silly 
may 2017
Beltane 2017 | Flickr
Thornborough Henge, Yorkshire
IFTTT  photos  photography 
may 2017
Bempton Cliffs, Flamborough Head, April 2017 | Flickr
A walk around the nature reserves. Singularly failed to spot any puffins.
IFTTT  photos  photography 
may 2017
Donald Trump calls Meryl Streep 'overrated' after Golden Globes speech | BBC News
One day I hope to be a good enough human being to be insulted by the president-elect.
drumpf  politics  acting  news 
january 2017
The UBI already exists for the 1% | Medium
"The UBI does not invent passive income. It merely doles it out evenly to everyone in society, rather than in very concentrated amounts to the richest people in society."
basicincome  economics  politics  welfare 
january 2017
The Scottish pioneer whose plan for a basic income could transform Britain | Guardian
"At its core is a message from the state to the individual, saying ‘we actually give a damn about you and we’ll treat you with respect’."
economy  welfare  scotland  basicincome  politics  news  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW 
january 2017
Slaughter at the bridge: Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle | Science
100 years before the fall of Troy, an epic conflict we know nothing about.
history  archaeology 
january 2017
Bill Perry Is Terrified. Why Aren’t You? | POLITICO Magazine
The wheel turns. "This time there is a world of busy fanatics excited by the prospect of a planet with more [nuclear] bombs—people who have already demonstrated the desire to slaughter many thousands of people in an instant, and are zealously pursuing ever more deadly means to do so."
coldwardinosaur  fuckwits  drumpf  politics  putinonthereich 
january 2017
How dropping acid saved my life | Guardian
Interesting piece on microdosing LSD for depression, with added boomer rage.
psych  books  depression  mentalhealth  science  drugs  writing  wellness 
january 2017
A real Good Samaritan | BBC News
Quite sweet. Although I'm fairly sure that ASLEF used this as their go-to excuse for the following twenty years.
glurge  writing  society 
december 2016
I'm a Scientist, and I Don't Believe in Facts | Scientific American
Poorly expressed, but a fair enough point. As it stands, though, this simply feeds the trolls. Someone needs to point out that the nature of the scientific method is no excuse for bloviating about evolution or climate change.
science  opinion  natureoftruth 
december 2016
The Science of Pranayama
Here's a book by Sri Swami Sivananda (publication date 1935), citing the Bhagavad Gita (publication date unclear but c. 5th--2nd century BCE), expressing the same idea.
health  science  books  natureoftruth  wellness  woo 
december 2016
Rhythm of breathing affects memory and fear | Northwestern Now
"Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall." That's nice, but anyone with a passing familiarity with yoga could have told them that.
science  news  psych 
december 2016
2016 in pictures: The best science images of the year | Nature
Ooh some of these are lovely. And some of them are just as depressing as the rest of 2016.
science  news  photography  photos  art 
december 2016
Why we must demand brands stop funding hate | Gay Star News
"[I]t’s not enough to just to not buy the papers anymore. We need to take positive action."
racism  sexism  homophobia  solidarity  journalism  fuckwits  activism  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  DailyMail 
december 2016
The Terrible, Mysterious Disease That Haunted the Age of Exploration
"...the way the disease colored the experience of exploration during the Age of Sail, shifting social relationships and affecting perceptions"
books  science  sailing  history  natureoftruth  health 
december 2016
Mad Friday part 2 | Manchester Evening News
The photographer who got that classic Renaissance shot last year has gone out on the town again. There is a gallery. I'm not sure whether he's some kind of genius savant, or whether people in Manchester just naturally fall over and/or drop things in perfect accord with the Golden Ratio.
art  photography  photos  journalism  booze  britishness 
december 2016
Blade runner 2049 teaser announcement piece debuts | EW.com
I gots concerns about: a) the prevalence of teal and orange, b) the lack of Vangelis. My default policy, as ever, is cautious optimism. Because that worked out so well for Prometheus.
movies  film  video  cyberpunk  scifi 
december 2016
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